Funded by: Af Jochnick Foundation in Jan 2019
The Western Region of Kenya is cut off by the high Rift wall of the Mau and Elgeyo escarpments and has dense agriculture, rolling green valleys, and pockets of thick jungle. This is the second Af Jochnick project and it covers Kisii, Nyamira, Migori, and Bomet and has added two regions compared to the earlier project: Kisumu and Kericho. The regions face similar challenges and rely on fossil fuel for lighting, while firewood is the most common cooking fuel in most households. Kisumu has a population of 968,909 (according to the 2009 National Census). The major economic activities are subsistence farming, commercial farming (rice and sugar cane), livestock keeping, fishing, and small scale trading. Kericho County is located in the Rift Valley and according to the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census the population was 758,339 with an annual growth rate of 2.4%. Kericho’s major economic activity is tea growing and processing. The Mau Forest in Kericho is the biggest water catchment area in Kenya. At a high altitude and virtually daily rains, this makes Kericho the center of Kenya’s tea industry. With this project, our aim is to make energy consumption more sustainable and to increase understanding of the benefits of clean and affordable energy for better health, economic, and educational growth.
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